Other schools that join the route include the University of Texas in Austin, Dartmouth, Arizona State and the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, India. The latest grants take the number of schools in the program for 1
The program consists of two different scholarships: Alexa Graduate Fellowship and Alexa Innovation Fellowship. The former comes back to PhD students and doctoral students focusing on conversational AI, dealing with things like natural language comprehension, word-of-speech and automatic speech recognition. They will receive scholarships and funding to take care of the study costs and they will receive guidance from Alexa mentors.
The Innovation Community, in the meantime, supports faculty members as expert resources for speech technology on each campus. Along with funding, Amazon Alexa offers training and hardware packages to support fellow students in helping student startups integrate speech technology into their products.
The association is part of Amazon's wider effort to support developers in construction products with Alexa. The company is gradually opening Alexa's development to several markets, and recently let developers enter purchase opportunities directly within skills.